Sunday, July 3, 2022

School-Based Mindfulness Leads to Stress Reduction, Study Finds

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Researchers find improvements in stress-related outcomes among middle school students exposed to a school-based mindfulness training program.

Risperdal Whistle-Blower Honored in Texas, Fired in Pennsylvania

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Allen Jones, the whistle blower whose testimony resulted in a $158 million settlement by Johnson & Johnson for fraudulent marketing of Risperdal in Texas,...

Sinéad O’Connor: Mental Health, the Media, and Human Rights

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Sinéad O'Connor discusses mental health issues with TIME magazine this week, singling out the media's tendency to diagnose "without qualification," and adding that "mental health...

Textbooks Provide Misleading Information on the Neurobiology of ADHD

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When it comes to ADHD, some researchers suggest that medical textbooks provide inaccurate and misleading information.

ADHD Medication Use Rising Dramatically, Especially Adults

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A report released today by Express Scripts, the nation's largest prescription drug manager, offers "the most current and comprehensive analysis of ADHD medication use"...

Psychiatrists Discuss Psychiatry’s Poor Public Image and What to Do About It

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The January 2015 issue of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica has a section of freely available articles discussing the public image of psychiatry from a variety...

Pediatric Drugs: More Illness, But Less Research

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An international team of researchers identified all drug trials registered in ClinicalTrials.gov between 2006 and 2011 and tracked the resulting publications, finding that although...

Long-acting Injection No Better than Oral Antipsychotic

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A study of 5-year outcomes for people taking either an ordinary oral antipsychotic or a long-acting injection of an antipsychotic found no differences between the two.

Evidence for Chile’s School-Based Mental Health Program

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Chile’s Skills for Life (SFL) program, the largest school-based psychosocial intervention program in the world, has demonstrated improved behavioral and academic outcomes for elementary students identified as “at risk.” A team of Chilean and U.S. researchers assessed the SFL program and will publish their results in the October issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP).

Editorial Takes On Conflicts of Interest and Propaganda in Psychiatry

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In a scathing editorial in this month’s Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Dr. Giovanni Fava takes aim at prominent medical experts who have downplayed the role...

Prescription Drugs in Great Lakes Don’t Dilute as Expected

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Concentrations of pharmaceuticals in Lake Michigan are undiluted two miles from treated sewage outfalls, according to research published in Chemosphere. Research has linked pharmaceuticals...

U.K. Antidepressant Prescriptions Rise 9% in 2011

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Almost 50 million prescriptions for antidepressants were issued in the U.K. in 2011, a rise of 9% over 2010. The increase is attributed, at...

Early Attachment Deprivation Predicts ADHD Symptoms

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A study in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology finds that in a sample of 641 adopted adolescents, an increase in the level of ADHD...

Moving Schools Linked to Psychosis in Early Adolescence

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Furthering findings that social adversity and urbanicity increase the risk of psychosis, research in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry finds that moving schools, family adversity,...

“Relapse” in Antidepressant Trials Likely Caused by Sudden Withdrawal

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A new study investigates how antidepressant withdrawal effects often get confounded with depression relapse in clinical trials.

Personality Disorders Largely Being Treated Inappropriately by Psychiatrists

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Psychiatrists are giving drugs to most people with emotionally unstable personality disorders outside of the best-practice clinical guidelines, and an accompanying editorial stated that the reason is because "therapy takes time."

VA Still Using Benzos for PTSD Despite Warnings

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Military.com reports that doctors from the Department of Veterans' Affairs are continuing to prescribe tranquilizers such as Valium and Xanax despite the VA's guidelines...

Childhood Trauma Predicts Risk of Violence in Psychosis

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A study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research finds the strongest association between a history of childhood trauma and the risk of violence...

Mental Health Care is the Third Highest Medical Expense in U.S.

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A study published today in Jama Psychiatry finds that mental health care ties with cancer for the third highest medical expense in the United...

Has Evidence Based Medicine Been Hijacked?

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John Ioannidis claims that the idea of evidence based medicine has been “hijacked to serve agendas different from what it was originally aimed for,” in a newly published critical essay in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. Ioannidis frames the essay as a continuation of a conversation with David Sackett, widely considered the founder of evidence based medicine.

Psychiatrist Describes Role in Open Dialogue Model of Care

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Psychiatrist outlines varying roles in Open Dialogue model, fostering service-user and family agency through meaningful conversations with a team of providers.

Arkansas AG Seeks to Reinstate $1.2B Risperdal Verdict

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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced yesterday he will ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to toss out the $q.2 billion...

Spiritual Experiences Vital for Black American Women’s Mental Health

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Spirituality and transcendental experiences are even more important than religion to the psychological well-being of many Black American women, according to a study in...

University of Minnesota Leadership “Can’t Regain Trust”

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The University of Minnesota's psychiatry department continues its scandal-plagued run at making national news...

Rise in Psychiatric Prescriptions With NOS Diagnosis

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A “not otherwise specified” (NOS) diagnosis is often used when an individual may have some symptoms related to a psychiatric diagnosis but does not meet enough criteria to warrant a particular diagnosis. A new study, published online ahead of print in Psychiatric Services, reveals that the proportion of mental health visits resulting in such NOS diagnoses rose to nearly fifty percent, and that these diagnoses do not result in more conservative psychiatric drug prescriptions.

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